Licensing Dogs §§4:19-15.1 to 4:19-15.7

4:19-15.1 Definitions.

     1. "Certified animal control officer" means a person 18 years of age or older who has satisfactorily completed the course of study approved by the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services and the Police Training Commission.

"Dog" shall mean any dog, bitch or spayed bitch.

"Dog of licensing age" shall mean any dog which has attained the age of seven months or which possesses a set of permanent teeth.

"Kennel" shall mean any establishment wherein or whereon the business of boarding or selling dogs or breeding dogs for sale is carried on, except a pet shop.

"Owner" when applied to the proprietorship of a dog shall include every person having a right of property in that dog and every person who has that dog in his keeping, and when applied to the proprietorship of any other animal, including, but not limited to, a cat, shall include every person having a right of property in that animal and every person who has that animal in his keeping.

"Pet shop" shall mean any place of business which is not part of a kennel, wherein animals, including, but not limited to, dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, rabbits, hamsters or gerbils, are kept or displayed chiefly for the purpose of sale to individuals for personal appreciation and companionship rather than for business or research purposes .

"Pound" shall mean an establishment for the confinement of dogs or other animals seized either under the provisions of this act or otherwise.

"Shelter" shall mean any establishment where dogs or other animals are received, housed and distributed.

4:19-15.2. Dogs; license and metal registration tag required; placing tag on dog
Any person who shall own, keep or harbor a dog of licensing age shall annually or every third year, in accordance with a 3-year dog license or renewal thereof apply for and procure from the clerk of the municipality or other official designated by the governing body thereof, a license and official metal registration tag for each such dog so owned, kept or harbored, and shall place upon each such dog a collar or harness with the registration tag securely fastened thereto.

4:19-15.2a. Evidence of inoculation with rabies vaccine or certification of exemption; requirement for license
No license and official metal registration tag shall be granted unless the owner provides evidence that the dog to be licensed and registered has been inoculated with a rabies vaccine of a type approved by and administered in accordance with the recommendations of the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, or has been certified exempt as provided by regulations of the State Department of Health. Such vaccination shall be repeated at intervals as provided by regulations of the State Department of Health, and shall be administered by a duly licensed veterinarian or by such other veterinarian permitted by law to do the same.

4:19-15.3. Application, renewal of dog license; fee; exemptions
   The person applying for the license and registration tag shall pay the fee fixed or authorized and the sum of $1.00 for a one-year registration tag or $3.00 for a three-year registration tag for each dog; and for each renewal, the fee for the license and for the registration tag shall be the same as for the original license and tag. The governing body of a municipality may stagger the expiration of such annual licenses so long as all expirations occur no later than June 30 in the calendar year stated on the license.

Only one license and registration tag shall be required in any licensing year for any dog owned in New Jersey, and such license and tag shall be accepted by all municipalities as evidence of compliance with this section.

Dogs used as guides for blind persons, dogs used to assist handicapped persons or dogs used to assist deaf persons shall be licensed and registered as other dogs hereinabove provided for, except that the owner or keeper of such dog shall not be required to pay any fee therefor.

License forms and uniform official metal registration tags designed by the State Department of Health shall be furnished by the municipality and shall be numbered serially and shall bear the year of issuance and the name of the municipality.

4:19-15.3a. Staggered expiration of licenses, prorated fees
. All annual licenses shall expire no later than June 30 in the calendar year next following issuance; provided that the license and registration tag fee shall be prorated for any license and registration tag which is valid for longer than 12 months. The governing body of a municipality may stagger the expiration of such annual licenses so long as all expirations occur no later than June 30 in the calendar year next following issuance.

4:19-15.3b. Additional fee; dog of reproductive age without permanent alteration of reproductive capacity; disposition
a. In addition to the fee charged and forwarded to the Department of Health pursuant, any person applying for the license and registration tag shall pay a fee of $3.00 for any dog of reproductive age which has not had its reproductive capacity permanently altered through sterilization.

b. All fees collected pursuant to the provisions of this section and section 5 of this amendatory and supplementary act shall be forwarded to the State Treasurer, for deposit in the "Animal Population Control Fund".

4:19-15.3c. Additional fee for dogs; disposition
In addition to the fee charged and forwarded to the Department of Health, any person applying for the license and registration tag shall pay an additional fee of $0.20 for any dog.

All fees collected pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be forwarded to the State Treasurer to be placed in the "Pilot Clinic Fund", to be used by the Commissioner of Health for the operation of the animal sterilization pilot clinic.

4:19-15.4. Time for applying for license
The owner of any newly-acquired dog of licensing age or of any dog which attains licensing age, shall make application for license and registration tag for such dog within ten days after such acquisition or age attainment.

4:19-15.5. Application for dog license, information requested, preservation
The application shall state the breed, sex, age, color and markings of the dog for which license and registration are sought, whether it is of a long- or short-haired variety, and whether it has been surgically debarked or silenced; also the name, street and post-office address of the owner and the person who shall keep or harbor such dog. The information on the application and the registration number issued for the dog shall be preserved for a period of three years by the clerk or other local official In addition, the clerk or other local official shall forward to the State Department of Health and Senior Services each month, on forms furnished by the department an accurate account of registration numbers issued or otherwise disposed of. Registration numbers shall be issued in the order of the applications.

4:19-15.6. Dogs brought into state
    Any person who shall bring or cause to be brought into this State any dog licensed in another State for the current year, and bearing a registration tag, and shall keep the same or permit the same to be kept within the State for a period of more than ninety days shall immediately apply for a license and registration tag for each such dog unless such dog be licensed.

Any person who shall bring or cause to be brought into this State any unlicensed dog and shall keep the same or permit the same to be kept within the State for a period of more than ten days shall immediately apply for a license and registration tag for each such dog.

4:19-15.7. Removing tag from dog without owner's consent; attaching tag to another dog
No person, except an officer in the performance of his duties shall remove a registration tag from the collar of any dog without the consent of the owner, nor shall any person attach a registration tag to a dog for which it was not issued.